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Poly defeats Burroughs in four

Volleyball: Panthers won't allow an Indians comeback this time around in quarterfinal win.

November 10, 2012|By Nathan Cambridge, Special to the Pasadena Sun

PASADENA — The CIF Southern Section Division 2-A quarterfinal volleyball contest between Burroughs High and host Pasadena Poly featured two teams that made the playoffs as the third-place entry from their respective leagues, but have caught fire and made it to the final eight.

On Saturday, Poly took the first game from the visiting Indians, who had dropped the first game in both of their previous playoff contests before winning each in five games, before Burroughs pulled out game two, but with the Panthers operating on all cylinders there would be no comeback this time as the home team prevailed, 25-18, 24-26, 25-13, 25-16.

“That’s probably our best game of the year,” Poly Coach Steve Beerman said. “You could argue that’s our best game of the year, but there were a couple things we could do better, but everybody was on and we were doing our stuff.”

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In game one, Poly (16-8) built up its advantage with the final margin of seven representing the biggest lead of the opening game. In game two, Burroughs was on the brink of a two games-to-none hole, trailing 24-22 before reeling off the game’s final four points to even the match.

Two of those points came from Caitlin Cottrell (match-high 15 kills), who finished the night as her team’s leader in kills with 15.

“We didn’t let down,” said Burroughs Coach Edwin Real, whose team is one of five to make it this far in Burroughs history. “We lost in the first game pretty quick. We came back in the second game and never gave up, kind of like the way we’ve been playing in the playoffs.”

Panthers sophomore outside hitter Alex Clark grabbed the momentum back at the start of game three with a kill off the Indians’ block. Liberos Hannah Kaufman, who was a catalyst throughout the contest with her service game and overall play, then served the next six Poly points as the hosts ran out to a 7-0 advantage.

“I kept switching [my service] up from short to deep and I think it really helped it,” Kaufman said.

After that, a more extensive comeback bid by Burroughs (19-16) was put into doubt. The Panthers stoked the lead late and won going away, 25-13.

“I thought Hannah Kaufman, as our libero, did a great job. She dug everything. She served lights out and service-received well,” Beerman said of his junior defensive specialist.

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